By Data-Smart City Solutions • September 13, 2019

GOVINSIDER: HOW CHINA US USING 5G TO CLOSE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

While 70 percent of China’s population has access to the internet, less than 40 percent of its rural population has access, according to the China Internet Network Information Center. As a result, China has introduced multiple new initiatives from across the public and private sectors to solve the uneven distribution of resources in the country using 5G technology in areas like telemedicine, education, disaster relief, “connected” wildlife, and drone transportation.

FORBES: HOW IOT AND AI CAN ENABLE ENVIRONMENTAL STABILITY 

This article highlights several ways in which artificial intelligence (AI) and IoT technology can be utilized for environmental safety efforts like reducing e-waste, improving agricultural sustainability, and species protection, amongst other things. For example, IoT and AI can work to mitigate air pollution by providing tools to monitor the pollution in real time and identify sources of air pollution quickly and accurately.

GEORGIA TECH NEWS CENTER: GEORGIA TECH’S AUTONOMOUS VEHICLE RESEARCH GETS A REAL-WORLD BOOST THROUGH PARTNERSHIP WITH DELTA, CURIOSITY LAB

A recently announced partnership between Delta Airlines and Curiosity Lab at Peachtree Corners to create a real-world test bed community equipped with 5G connectivity will give Georgia Tech researchers a real-life environment to test autonomous vehicles and smart city technologies. Georgia Tech’s Smart Cities and Inclusive Innovation initiative will offer seed funding from Delta for projects across a campus that includes a 1.5 mile autonomous vehicle test track.

SMART CITIES WORLD: GLASGOW UNVEILS HIGH-TECH TOWER BLOCKS 

A public-private project has equipped three blocks of apartment towers in Glasgow, Scotland with Internet of Things (IoT) technology, free-of-charge high-speed fiber-optic broadband internet access, as well as free digital inclusion classes for its residents. Tech company CENSIS developed several of the IoT technologies designed to improve the welfare and safety of residents in the apartment towers.

FED SCOOP: FIRST GEAR CENTER CHALLENGE WINNERS FOCUS ON EXPANDING CYBER WORKFORCE, IMPROVING USE OF DATA

The three inaugural winners of the Government Effectiveness Advanced Research (GEAR) Center challenge who each won $300,000 were programs addressing federal workforce and government data. A team partnership between SkillSource Group and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc., aims to assimilate current disparate data in order to be able to assess the results of joint service delivery programs. Another team from Johns Hopkins University Centers for Civic Impact, the Volcker Alliance’s Government-to-University Initiative, and the Mid-America Regional Council intends to help the federal workforce improve its use of data.

MUNCIE JOURNAL: CITY OF MUNCIE LAUNCHES ‘BUILDINGBLOCKS WEBSITE’, PRIORITIZES OPEN DATA

Muncie, Indiana has launched a BuildingBlocks platform, involving a web-based mapping software that provides the public with compiled property data in an easy-to-use website. The website provides property information like code violations and issued building permits, which previously were only available through public records requests made to each individual government entity office.